Viking rune translator: turn your text into runes

It struck me when I was editing our post on Viking runes. Wouldn’t it be cool to type something in English and have it translated into runes?

It took a while, but we finally built that tool! Use this page to turn English names and phrases into one of three runic alphabets.

Using the text to rune translator

  1. Type in the text you want to translate. It could be your name, a phrase, or anything else.
  2. Choose your rune type: Elder Futhark, Younger Futhark, or Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (there’s more on what each one means below!)
  3. Click the button and watch the magic happen. Your text will appear in runes before your eyes, ready for you to copy-paste elsewhere. Not all modern letters can be converted into runes, so you may notice that some runes represent multiple English characters.

Which type of rune should I choose?

Elder Futhark

The most ancient runic alphabet, Elder Futhark was used from the 2nd to the 8th centuries. It’s the classic rune set often associated with Viking Age inscriptions – perfect for showing off your Viking name in runes! (Note: in this tool, we use the long-branch runes, rather than the short-twig runes).

Younger Futhark

Evolving from the Elder Futhark runes in the 8th century, Younger Futhark has fewer runes, but was still widely used during the latter part of the Viking Age.

Anglo-Saxon Futhorc

An extended version of the Elder Futhark with additional runes, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc was used in England and Frisia.

Limitations of this tool

Our rune translator is nifty, but keep in mind:

  1. Not all English letters have direct rune equivalents. Our tool does its best to approximate.
  2. Runes evolved over time. Our translations are based on historical mappings but may not reflect every nuance.
  3. The tool is for fun. For scholarly work, you might need more detailed research.

Examples of English words and phrases in runes

Curious to see some examples? Here’s how common English phrases or names look in runes!

English Elder Futhark Younger Futhark Anglo-Saxon Futhorc
Hello ᚺᛖᛚᛚᛟ ᚼᛖᛚᛚᚢ ᚻᛖᛚᛚᚩ
How are you? ᚺᛟᚹ ᚨᚱᛖ ᛃᛟᚢ? ᚼᚢᚢ ᚬᚱᛖ ᚢᚢᚢ? ᚻᚩᚹ ᚪᚱᛖ ᛇᚩᚢ?
Kiss me, Viking ᚲᛇᛋᛋ ᛗᛖ, ᚢᛇᚲᛇᛜ ᚴᛁᛋᛋ ᛘᛖ, ᚢᛁᚴᛁᛜ ᚳᛁᛋᛋ ᛗᛖ, ᚢᛁᚳᛁᛝ
Cheers ᚲᚺᛖᛖᚱᛋ ᚴᚼᛖᛖᚱᛋ ᚳᚻᛖᛖᚱᛋ
Runes are cool ᚱᚢᚾᛖᛋ ᚨᚱᛖ ᚲᛟᛟᛚ ᚱᚢᚾᛖᛋ ᚬᚱᛖ ᚴᚢᚢᛚ ᚱᚢᚾᛖᛋ ᚪᚱᛖ ᚳᚩᚩᛚ
Good morning ᚷᛟᛟᛞ ᛗᛟᚱᚨᚴᛟ ᚴᛟᛟᚦ ᛘᚢᚱᚾᛁᛝ ᚷᚩᚩᛞ ᛗᚩᚱᚾᛁᚴᛟ
Thank you ᚦᚨᚾᚲ ᚢᚾᛟ ᚦᛟᚾᚴ ᚢᚾᚢ ᚦᚻᚨᚾᚲ ᚢᚾᛟ
Skål! ᛋᚲᚨᛚ! ᛋᚴᛅᛚ! ᛋᚳᚩᚪᚻ!
Viking spirit ᚢᛁᚲᛁᚾᚷ ᛋᛈᛁᚱᛏ ᚢᛁᚴᛁᚾᚴ ᛋᚢᚢᛁᚱᛏ ᚢᛁᚳᛁᚾᚷ ᛋᛈᛁᚱᛏ
Runestone ᚱᚢᚾᛖᛋᛏᚢᚾ ᚱᚢᚾᛁᛋᛏᚢᚾ ᚱᚢᚾᛇᛋᛏᚢᚾ
I am a Viking ᛁ ᚨᛘ ᚨ ᚢᛁᚲᛁᚾᚷ ᛁ ᛅᛘ ᚬ ᚢᛁᚴᛁᚾᚴ ᛁ ᚪᛗ ᚪ ᚪᚢᚳᛁᚾᚷ
Warrior ᚹᚨᚱᚨᚱ ᚢᚱᚢᚨᚱ ᚹᚪᚱᚪᚱ
Thor’s hammer ᚦᚩᚱᛋ ᚺᚨᛗᛖᚱ ᚦᚢᚱᛋ ᚼᛅᛘᛁᚱ ᚦᚩᚱᛋ ᚻᚪᛗᛖᚱ
Valhalla ᚢᛅᛚᚺᚨᛚᛚᚨ ᚢᛆᛚᚼᚨᛚᛚᚨ ᚢᚪᛚᚻᚪᛚᛚᚪ
Cheers, mate! ᛋᚼᚬᚱᛋ, ᛘᚨᛏᛖ! ᛋᚴᚢᚬᛏ, ᛘᚨᛏᛁ! ᛋᚳᚨᚬᚱᛋ, ᛘᚪᛏᛖ!
Laugh out loud ᛚᚨᚢᚠ ᚩᚢᛏ ᛚᚬᚢᛞ ᛚᚬᚢᚠ ᚢᚬᚬᛏ ᛚᚢᚢᛏ ᛚᚬᚢᚠ ᚩᚢᛏ ᛚᚨᚢᛏ
Party time! ᛈᚨᚱᛏᚤ ᛏᛁᛘᛖ! ᛈᚬᚱᛏᚤ ᛏᛁᛘᛁ! ᛈᚨᚱᛏᚤ ᛏᛁᛘᛖ!
Rock ‘n’ roll ᚱᚩᚲ ᚾ ᚱᚩᛚ ᚱᚩᚴ ᚾ ᚱᚩᛚ ᚱᚩᚳ ᚾ ᚱᚩᛚ
Don’t worry, be happy ᛞᚩᚾᛏ ᚹᚩᚱᚱᛁ, ᛒᛖ ᚻᚨᛈᚲ ᛞᚬᚾᛏ ᚹᚩᚱᚱᛁ, ᛒᛖ ᚻᚨᛘᛁ ᛞᚩᚾᛏ ᚹᚩᚱᚱᛁ, ᛒᛖ ᚻᚬᛈᚳ
Love conquers all ᛚᚩᚢᚹᛖ ᚳᚩᚾᚴᚢᚱᛋ ᚨᛚᛚ ᛚᚮᚢᚠᛖ ᚳᚮᚾᚴᚢᚱᛋ ᚨᛚᛚ ᛚᚩᚢᚠᛖ ᚳᚩᚾᚳᚢᚱᛋ ᚨᚷᚷ
Keep it simple ᚲᛖᛖᛈ ᛁᛏ ᛋᛁᛘᛈᛚᛖ ᚲᛖᛖᛒ ᛁᛏ ᛋᛁᛘᛕᛚᛖ ᚲᛖᛖᛒ ᛁᛏ ᛋᛁᛘᛈᛚᛖ
Let’s have fun ᛚᛁᛏ’ᛋ ᚻᚨᚢᛁᛋ ᚠᚢᚾ ᛚᛁᛏ’ᛋ ᚻᚬᚢᛁᛋ ᚠᚢᚾ ᛚᛁᛏ’ᛋ ᚻᚪᚢᛁᛋ ᚠᚢᚾ
Join the party ᛃᚮᛁᚾ ᚦᛖ ᛈᚨᚱᛏᚤ ᛃᚢᚦ ᚦᛁ ᛈᚨᚱᛏᚢ ᛃᚢᛁᚾ ᚦᛖ ᛈᚨᚱᛏᚤ
Happy birthday ᚻᚨᛈᛈᛁ ᛒᛁᚱᚦᛡᚱᛞᛡ ᚻᚨᛘᛘᛁ ᛒᛁᚱᚦᛘᚱᛞᛘ ᚻᚨᛘᛘᛁ ᛒᛁᚱᚦᛘᚱᛞᛘ

See also:
Viking runes explained
Viking name generator

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